URI fraternities and sororities raise money for local charities
It's philanthropy week for the Greek system at the University of Rhode Island and they are putting on events and raising money for the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Toys for Teens program and Habitat for Humanity of South County this year.
Max Flashenberg, Interfraternity Council programming chair and Amy Norton, vice president of programming and philanthropy for Panhel, have been planning this year's philanthropy week since last semester.
"All of our organizations are built on serving and giving back and so this is our chance to give back a lot of money to those in need," Norton said. "All of the money we raise goes to charity."
Last year, Norton says they raised about $20,000 which was donated to Habitat for Humanity. This year they have not set a monetary goal but rather just want to raise as much money as they can.
Flashenberg explained how the week works.
"Fraternities and sororities get paired together and those pairings go on all week long," Flashenberg said.
The week started with on Monday night with the "So You Think You Can Dance" competition in Edward's Auditorium. Vice President for Student Affairs Thomas Dougan was a judge for night along with two other URI Greek alums and a Greek graduate assistant.
Fraternities and Sororities earned money from this event by having students purchase wristbands to get in to watch the competition.
Tonight the week will continue in the Ram's Den at 8 p.m. with the "Newly Paired Game," which is essentially a mock version of the "Newly Wed Game" on television, Norton said.
"The pairs were supposed to get together earlier in the week and get to know each other as much as possible because tonight we will be asking them questions that they have to answer about the other," Norton said. "If they answer the questions correctly, they will get points."
Friday night philanthropy week will end with a "Date Auction" in Edwards Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Every individual Greek house involved in philanthropy week will be given a theme to dress as and one person from every house will be auctioned off.
Another fundraiser being put on on this week is the Gingerbread House contest, which is taking place in the Memorial Union until Thursday. Students can vote by putting money in each chapter's containers and the winning gingerbread house will be put on display at Brickley's. All of the money raised from the gingerbread event will be going to Habitat for Humanity. Students who want to can pay to vote for their favorite.
Norton said once the week ends, the fraternity or sorority who earns the most points throughout the week, doesn't get any kind of prize besides "bragging rights" and to be able to say they "won" philanthropy week.
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